The most successful person to manage Manchester United
, to date, is Sir Alex Ferguson
, who has so far won eleven Premier League
titles, five FA Cups
, three League Cups
, eight Community Shields
, two UEFA Champions League
title, one UEFA Super Cup
, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
and one Intercontinental Cup
in his 23-year reign as manager. The club's longest-serving manager is Sir Matt Busby
, who had two spells managing the club from 1945 to 1969 and from 1970 to 1971, totalling 24 years, 338 days.
From 1878 to 1914, the team was selected by a committee whose secretary had the same powers and role as a manager has today. There were four secretaries during this period, A. H. Albut, James West, J. Ernest Mangnall and John Bentley.
The Football League Cup
, commonly known as the League Cup
, is an English football
competition. Like the FA Cup
, it is played on a knockout (single elimination) basis. Unlike the FA Cup where 731 teams entered in 2007–08
only 92 clubs can enter—the 20 clubs of the FA Premier League
, and the 72 clubs of The Football League
who organise the competition. Unlike the FA Cup, the semi-finals are played over two legs. The winners qualify for the UEFA Cup
, if they have not qualified for European competition in some other way. If the winner qualifies for the Champions League
, the UEFA Cup spot is given to the team that finishes highest in the FA Premier League
, that has not already qualified for a European competition.